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Argentines asked to eat fewer tomatoes

Friday - 7/12/2013, 6:37pm  ET

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, an employee jokes with others, not in picture, while carrying a box of tomatoes at a grocery store in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The government asked consumers Friday, July 12, 2013 to try to stay away from tomatoes for at least two months because of an expected shortage caused by seasonal reasons including crop rotations. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentines are seeing red after being asked to eat fewer tomatoes.

The government asked consumers Friday to try to stay away from the beloved food for at least two months because of an expected shortage caused by seasonal reasons including crop rotations.

Officials say all other fruits and vegetables are available. But Argentines are frustrated because the tomato is a must in many of their dishes and is often used in pizza toppings, sauces and salads.

Argentines also have been recently hit by a flour shortage after the worst wheat harvest in the country's history sent bread prices soaring.


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